Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Iowa peaked in April 2020 at 10.5% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Iowa 2.7% +0.1 -1.4

Note: All comparisons are made with September data as October state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa peaked in April 2020 at 180,434. There are now 133,955 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 43,341 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,138. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 46,479 +1,781 -22,276

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Iowa from 1990 to September 2022

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
October 2022 3.7%
September 2022 3.5% 2.7% 46,479
August 2022 3.7% 2.6% 44,698
July 2022 3.5% 2.5% 43,341
June 2022 3.6% 2.6% 43,877
May 2022 3.6% 2.7% 46,791
April 2022 3.6% 3.0% 50,875
March 2022 3.6% 3.3% 55,589
February 2022 3.8% 3.5% 59,499
January 2022 4.0% 3.7% 62,735
December 2021 3.9% 3.9% 64,852
November 2021 4.2% 3.9% 65,111